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The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is poised to transform the way governments, citizens, and companies do business. The revolution is being defined by the explosion in availability of data resources and rapidly evolving technologies. Low-cost data collection tools, ranging from crowdsourcing to satellite imagery, are changing the way we do business and increasing the availability of data all around us. The creation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a unique opportunity to ensure that the benefits of the data revolution are extended to the countries and communities most in need, leaving no one behind.

This background paper produced by the SDSN and Open Data Watch ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development draws upon the Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development report to present key recommendations for financing a data revolution to the global community as well as national governments.